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instead backing the Feb. 1 recommendation of the Arts Commission to wait six months for the money to come through. The Arts Commission felt that the
sued City Hall claiming he was denied a promotion based on his race and age settled his case for $200,000 and an agreement to leave his position. City Attorney Marsha Moutrie reported Tuesday that the case was “strenuously contested” by both sides, but that Vonnell Adams, an African-American with 17 years as an employee at the Santa Monica Airport, agreed to take the money and leave his post. Adams, 56, was disappointed with the settlement and felt “set up.” “I didn’t get a fair deal,” Adams said, reiterating that he wasn’t sure if he wanted to go to court because of the unsure outcome of bringing a case before a jury. Adams filed suit in 2010 claiming that his supervisors improperly promoted a Latino colleague by circumventing the agency’s normal promotion procedures. He alleged that this was one instance in a pattern of racially-motivated hirings that excluded African Americans over the course of his 17 years on the job. A complaint filed in the Los Angeles Federal Court pointed out numerous instances of what Adams believed to be preference given to Latino employees over African Americans. In one instance described in the complaint, Officer Leo Iniguez helped Sgt. Jeff Wiles conduct a search for a new police assistant. An African-American woman was a member of the candidate pool. According to the complaint, Iniguez insinuated to Adams that she would not be hired for the position because “she’s black.” Adams alleged that this attitude went further, and ultimately led to Iniguez being promoted to lead airport service officer at the SMO substation over Adams himself, despite
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CITY HALL The City Council Tuesday compromised on a living wage for future workers at a new hotel slated for 710 Wilshire Blvd., leaving neither business interests nor labor advocates happy. In a 4-3 vote, the council approved a wage rate of $11.29 or $12.54 per hour, depending on whether workers also received benefits. Tipped workers were excluded from the provision. The rate was a midpoint between developer Alexander Gorby’s initial offer of $10.64 and $11.89 per hour depending on benefits and a flat $14.97 per hour that workers rights advocates sought. The agreed-upon rate is still below the $13.54 per hour that outside groups pay their workers when they contract with City Hall. Councilmembers Terry O’Day, Kevin Daniel Archuleta firstname.lastname@example.org
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CHANGES: The building at 710 Wilshire Blvd. is slated to be redeveloped into a hotel.
Council gives ‘Chain Reaction’ backers time BY ASHLEY ARCHIBALD Daily Press Staff Writer
CITY HALL Supporters of Paul Conrad’s “Chain Reaction” sculpture have until Nov. 15 to raise money to save the piece before
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Private eye Main Library, MLK Auditorium 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 6:30 p.m. — 8:15 p.m. Actor Robert Montgomery made his directorial debut with this unique film adaptation of “Lady in the Lake,” this year’s Citywide Reads selection that features hard-as-nails detective Philip Marlowe. Seating is limited. Green backing VLounge 2020 Wilshire Blvd., 7 p.m. — 10 p.m. A benefit concert for the Green Party of California. Tickets are $10 per person. But donations over $10 are encouraged. Check out John Rzeznik, lead singer of the Goo Goo Dolls, as well as keyboardist Nick Luca and The Pleasure Field. To buy tickets in advance go to https://cagreens.nationbuilder.com/g reen_party_music_benefit or call Marcy Winograd at (310) 795-2322. Spin a yarn Vidiots Annex 302 Pico Blvd., 7:30 p.m. — 9:30 p.m. If you like to tell some doozies then head over to your favorite video rental spot and tell a tale. For $10 share your stories with others who want to make you laugh, cry and get inspired. Seating is limited to 35. Bring a beverage of your choice and some appetizers and make it a party. For more information call Patty Polinger, (310) 392-8508
That burns The Broad Stage 1310 11th St., 7:30 p.m. Seinfeld mocked it. Letterman ranked it in his top 10 list. And more than 15 years later, its infamy continues. Everyone knows the McDonald’s coffee case. “Hot Coffee” reveals what really happened to Stella Liebeck, the Albuquerque woman who spilled coffee on herself and sued McDonald’s, while exploring how and why the case garnered so much media attention, who funded the effort, and to what end. Panel discussion following the film. Cost: $15. For more information call (310) 434-3200 or visit thebroadstage.com/Hot-Coffee A love story The Edgemar Center for the Arts 2437 Main St., 7:30 p.m. Three-time Emmy Award winner Barbara Bain stars in this rendition of Claire Chafee’s comedic play “Why We Have a Body,” which follows a female private eye involved in a steamy relationship with a married woman. Directed by Tanna Frederick. Cost: $34.99. For more information call (310) 392-7327 or visit edgemar.org/events/308 Shave and a haircut Morgan-Wixson Theatre 2627 Pico Blvd., 8 p.m. Join the Morgan-Wixson for its first musical of the new season, when it performs Stephen Sondheim’s 1979 stage musical, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” Based on the 1970 play of the same name by Christopher Bond, Todd is a tragic character driven by revenge. See Sweeney Todd, Mrs. Lovett and all the dark and desperate characters singing one of Sondheim’s masterpieces. Cost: $23 general admission/$18 senior, student. There will be a matinee performance on Sunday, March 25 at 2 p.m. For more information go to morgan-wixson.org/ or call (310) 828-7519.
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PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY A Santa Monica message therapist plead guilty last week to sexually assaulting a client in 2011, police announced Wednesday. Jesse Tovar, 23, was convicted on one felony count of false imprisonment and one count of misdemeanor sexual battery. He will serve six months in jail and 30 days of community service. He is scheduled TOVAR to begin his sentence in early April. Santa Monica police say the incident began when the victim came forward following an appointment with Tovar at The Massage Company on Wilshire Boulevard. She told police that Tovar put his hands down her underwear during a massage and digitally penetrated her against her will. She fled the location immediately and reported the incident to authorities. Tovar was taken into custody in April of 2011. The SMPD is currently searching for other potential victims. They are urged to contact Detective Duane Hicks at (310) 4588983 or Sgt. Darrick Jacob at (310) 458-8460.
SAMOHI Head Coach James Hecht isn’t the only person who thinks Jordan Mathews is a heck of a basketball player. Apparently, the CIF-Southern Section’s coaches believe Santa Monica High School’s junior shooting guard is pretty special, too. Mathews was named to the All-CIF-SS Division 1AA first team on Monday, an honor Hecht said speaks to his dedication and on-court prowess. “It’s nice that he was recognized,” Hecht said. “It’s an honor to be mentioned with those other players.”
The Division 1AA team is loaded with playmakers from some of the most storied programs in southern California. Mater Dei produced the division’s Co-Players of the Year, seniors Katin Reinhardt and Xavier Johnson. Mater Dei’s head coach, Gary McNight won Coach of the Year. Another SoCal powerhouse, Long Beach Poly, placed two on the first team in Roschon Prince and Jordan Bell. All of those players are being highly recruited, giving Mathews some talented company. The honor wasn’t the first for Mathews this off-season. He was named Ocean League Most
Valuable Player after averaging a team-high 24 points a game. He also grabbed 7.5 rebounds a contest in leading Samohi to a league title. “It was flattering to get those honors,” Mathews said. “It feels like the hard work paid off.” Hecht said that, in addition to his natural skills, Mathews is what he considers a “gym rat,” a guy who is usually the first in and the last out of the practice facility. Mathews isn’t the only Viking honored for this past season. Senior Trey Thompson was named to the SEE SAMOHI PAGE 8
Investigators say Malibu death not crime-related ASSOCIATED PRESS MALIBU The Los Angeles County Sheriff ’s Department says the weekend death of a worker outside a Malibu restaurant was not a crime after all. An early report said 32-year-old Carlos Rodas was attacked and beaten, but a sheriff ’s statement Wednesday says homicide detectives determined the dishwasher died of an upper respiratory infection. Authorities say Rodas left the restaurant near Malibu’s civic center to take out trash Sunday night, then later staggered to the front of the business, collapsed and died.
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Bad business move Editor:
Whenever I think the City Council could not possibly be any more ridiculous, I am quickly, though sadly, astonished when it does something even more outlandish and idiotic than it had ever done before. Case in point is the City Council telling the Seventh Street and Wilshire Boulevard hotel developer what he has to pay hotel employees. The council doesn’t know how to run a city, let alone a hotel or a private business, and the council has no business telling a private business owner what wages they should pay. I doubt any one of the politicians on the council has ever owned or operated a business, so it’s likely the only place any one of them has ever signed a paycheck is on the back — not the front. Of course, what do you expect from the politicians on the council who are in the pocket of any union that comes calling, especially the over-paid and over-pensioned public employee unions whose support those same council members need to get re-elected.
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We must support President Barack Obama, so that the Affordable Care Act becomes a reality for all Americans, especially children. Although not yet fully implemented, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has already made record gains in childrens’ health coverage and millions of children have benefited. Thanks to the ACA, today, insurers can no longer take away coverage when a child becomes sick, refuse to cover children with pre-existing conditions, or put lifetime caps on coverage. The Affordable Care Act has been good for children, and that is good for this country, as well as its economic future. I hope the U.S. Supreme Court will uphold the Affordable Care Act. It is the right thing to do!
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You can’t live on that Editor:
I’m not a resident of Santa Monica but I am concerned about what the City Council voted for at their meeting Tuesday night. After much haggling, the council approved a so-called “living wage” for the future employees of the new hotel to be built on Seventh Street and Wilshire Boulevard. The hotel employees union had asked for $15 an hour but the council members voted for $12.54 an hour rate without benefits and $11.29 an hour with benefits. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, a family of four earning $24,000 or less is considered to be below poverty level. The future hotel workers will be earning exactly that if they work 52 weeks a year. I doubt if the owner of the new hotel cares if his employees could afford to live in the city they work in, but it would be gratifying if the City Council of Santa Monica saw fit to grant the Santa Monica employees a real “living wage.”
Trudy Goldman Marina del Rey
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I don’t even know where to start but really hope that you can help me. I have a good friend who grew up with a mother who abandoned her emotionally. It seems mom was more interested in her second husband and set of kids than she was in my friend. I have always been sympathetic and we have had many intimate discussions about personal matters. I care about her and her children, who are roughly the same age as mine and have become good friends with them. I just cannot believe what is suddenly happening and when I try to discuss it with her she gets really angry with me. She is in total denial but she is doing exactly the same thing as her mother did. She has two children from a prior marriage but now happily remarried and has a couple more and she is really ignoring the first two. They are both teenagers and the daughter recently had a suicide attempt and the son has been on anti-depressants. Here is my dilemma; after the daughter’s suicide attempt, the therapist involved asked that my friend come in, calling it a “family matter.” My friend is angry with this and has literally said, “It is her problem, not mine and I am not going!” Meanwhile, her son came to me and said he had quit his medication. I know the father and grandparents and they are very caring, but the mother has the primary custody. Should I tell them what I see going on and what the son recently told me or should I just stay out of it? My friend was so angry when I approached her the first time it truly shocked me. I don’t think she will do anything about it if I approach her again. Signed, Very Worried and Surprised DEAR WORRIED AND SURPRISED,
I am not at all surprised that you worry and are concerned. These are your children’s friends and the children of a friend that you care about. Most likely somewhere deep inside, your friend is fearful of being like her mother. It never feels good when your children are in trouble, and to have both of them in such serious situations, she is probably extremely defensive and feeling pretty helpless. First of all, you know that talking to her doesn’t work. At least not a straigh head-on confrontation of the issues. She is too defensive. Nothing is worse than being accused of or thinking of yourself as a bad mother. Only rapists and child molesters are considered worse. We don’t like bad mothers in our society and we certainly don’t want to face the possibility that we might be one. Having said that, there is a chance that you only got
her initial defensive reaction and that she will come around. I would forget trying to confront her at this point. Perhaps you can just be supportive in a way that encourages her to take a more serious role with these two children. I would say use a “back door approach,” if talking to her about this at all. If you are supportive in a way that makes her feel safe to talk to you, she may come around. If you see no signs of this, I think you should definitely express your concerns to the father and grandparents for the children’s sake. I realize that this might jeopardize your friendship with her, but there is a reason that this teenage boy told you that he stopped his medicine. You did not say that he said to keep it a secret, all the more reason to assume that he is reaching out for help. But even if he had, I think I would not chance suicide with these teenage kids.
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Each fault is a plane of weakness in the rocks that make up the outer rind of the Earth. Some of those faults have been mapped by geologists, but others are unknown to even the most advanced science we have today. And now, courtesy of officials in Ohio, at least one state of the union is going to have new regulations that could hold energy companies to account for some “side effects” caused by previously unknown faults. The tale hinges on fracking, the nickname given to injecting water, sand and chemicals at high pressure into the Earth to break up shale formations so that the natural gas inside them flows into wells. Fracking is an increasingly important part of how we are drilling for domestic energy resources. It’s controversial, with environmentalists concerned about unintended impacts of the chemicals involved while others support the economic opportunities the process yields. One of the features of fracking is that energy companies that use the technique often have significant quantities of wastewater they need to dispose of. In Ohio, wastewater was injected down deep wells near the city of Youngstown. In March of last year an energy company was given the go-ahead by the state to increase the pressure of wastewater injections. Over a few months from March to December of 2011, a dozen small earthquakes were recorded in the area. The Youngstown area isn’t known for seismic activity, so the quakes got people’s attention. Ohio’s Department of Natural Resources set out to study the small quakes. As newspapers have reported, Ohio’s DNR has now issued a finding that wastewater injection related to fracking probably caused the quakes. It wasn’t the fracking itself they say caused the earthquakes, but the injection of wastewater into deep disposal wells in the Youngstown area. State officials found that fluids from disposal wells intersected a previously unknown fault. That fault was near the state of stress that could make it move, and the fluid promoted movement, creating the earthquakes. State officials have now issued tough new regulations about how energy companies can dispose of the briny wastewater fracking
often produces. The rules prohibit wells in certain types of rock formations. They also require companies to report much more geologic data before they drill in Ohio. A lot is at stake with fracking and attempts to regulate it. Many Americans say they support efforts to increase our energy independence, and fracking does that. At the same time, there is growing environmental concern about fracking, with the induction of earthquakes only the latest in a list of what alarms some citizens about the practice. Reuters reports that Ohio has 200 deep wells within its borders, with 177 of them related to the oil and gas industry. Injecting fluids down wells isn’t a new feature of life in the Buckeye State. Since 1983 more than 200 million barrels of fluids from oil fields — some of it from out of state — has been disposed of within Ohio. At the national level, more than 2 billion gallons of waste is disposed of each day. Those facts suggests that a great deal of fluids can be injected in at least many wells without major problems. But the matter has become a political hotbutton in Ohio. National “Super PAC” groups have spent millions of dollars in ads in Ohio relating to fracking, according to Reuters. Political discussion is how we citizens of a democracy can formulate policy via our elected leaders. But the acrimony in today’s politics sometimes gets in the way of levelheaded discussion of our energy options. It’s a simple fact that if we don’t produce more oil and natural gas here at home, we are likely to use more from abroad. The question is how we weigh that against understandable environmental concerns. There are no perfect solutions to our energy needs. Tradeoffs in policies are the only way forward to help our energy-hungry society meet its short and long-term demands. This rock-head isn’t sure that money from Super Pacs — on either side of the fracking issue — helps us find our way to the best policies we can craft.
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I seek out church concerts. The acoustics are amazing and the settings are inspiring. Santa Monica’s First Presbyterian Church on Second Street rivals any city’s cathedral with its stunning stained glass art, welcoming brick courtyard and architecturally contemporary chapel. There’s no better venue for Jacaranda’s Music at the Edge. Next year marks Jacaranda’s 10th anniversary. Under the aegis of Patrick Scott and Mark Alan Hilt, the series presents music mostly missing from the cultural life of Los Angeles in compelling performances that make you wonder why. They’re proud of the musicians whose careers they’ve helped launch, such as pianist Stephen Vanhauwaert who performed on Saturday night, and they’re known not just for discovering lesser-known works but for premiering music by such world-renowned composers as Sofia Gubaidulina and Terry Riley, featured in upcoming concerts. On Saturday night, “Chill Upon the Heat” — especially apt on that rainy, gusty night — showcased music by Leon Kirchner, Richard Rodney Bennett, Christopher Rouse and William Schuman, all 20th century composers whose works I’ve never heard. The L.A.-based Calder Quartet is incredible in its vibrant precision and modulations, where four instruments often combine to sound like a single, completely different instrument. They performed “String Quartets 2 and 3” by Christopher Rouse. Had you not seen the title, you still would hear the birds thanks to flutist Pamela Vliek Martchev’s pitch-perfect performance of “Six Tunes for the Instruction of Singing Birds” by Bennett. Kirchner’s “Five Piano Pieces” were expertly executed by Vanhauwert, while Schuman’s setting of “In Sweet Music, Serenade on a Setting of Shakespeare” was treated by harp, viola, flute and the crystalline soprano skills of Suzanne Walters. Find out about the remaining 2012 concerts at jacarandamusic.org. ANYTHING BUT ORDINARY
“Those of you with iPhones, Androids, cellphones of all kinds — please turn them on! Take pictures, videos, send tweets and post to Facebook in real time — and please copy me!” That’s not the kind of announcement you usually hear before a concert. But this was not a “usual” event and Rachael Worby is not your traditional impresario. This was Muse/Ique, a unique music experience and a mash-up of performance and salon. Muse/Ique’s first full season, “Uncorked,” launched Monday night with “Ebony Meets Ivory” on the Pasadena Civic Auditorium stage — mops, pails, ladders, brooms, platforms all visible against the walls — set with tables and chairs and rows of seats surrounding three pianos placed in a central circle. Worby, formerly director of Pasadena Pops, has created a new way to make music personal, accessible and family-friendly. Here, the talent mingles with the crowd, and Worby stands in the middle with a microphone to introduce the show. Piano was the focus, starting with Worby’s backgrounder on the invention of the instrument and how it works, followed by comedic performer Sandra Tsing Loh — a pianist herself — who read Ogden Nash’s poem, “Piano Tuner, Untune Me That Tune,” dedicated to “Chopsticks.” She then played it with her daughter. Next an exposition on Bach — unknown as a composer in his lifetime, who didn’t even like the piano, which had just been invented
at the time — whose works are now considered essential to the piano canon. Joanne Pearce Martin and Gavin Martin played “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” on two pianos. Bach’s practice of polyphony, the “braiding” of multiple lines into a single melody, was illustrated by multi-hyphenate Julia Greer, a mother, roller blader, CalTech professor and researcher specializing in nanomechanics, who performed Bach while speaking — in rhythm with the music — about her scientific studies. Bryan Pezzone improvised on the Beatles’ “Let it Be” filtered through the lens of Bach, and later “We Shall Overcome,” in the style of Beethoven, and told a moving story about how piano — which he began playing at age one-and-a-half — defines “home” for him. His mother was young and ill, and living with his grandparents, his uncle would walk him down the alley to his great-grandparents’ home where he’d play piano every day. Piano holds center stage not only in concert halls but in wine bars, honky-tonks and cafes, and another moving story was shared, about Polish composer Lutislawski. During World War II, trapped in occupied Warsaw, where concerts were banned as illegal gatherings, he and a jazz player performed in a café. He wrote almost 500 works for two pianos, all but one of which were lost when he escaped — a variation on “Caprice,” the famous theme by violin virtuoso and composer Paganini, performed here on just one piano by Markus Pawlik and Julia Greer. There were other performances, but the grand finale was indeed grand: John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever,” played by six pianists, sharing three pianos, by the end all standing up like Jerry Lee Lewis for the rousing conclusion. Goose bumps rising, the crowd leapt to its feet for a standing ovation. Future Muse/Ique events include a western-themed evening at the Autry Center, a 45th anniversary celebration of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” and String Theory with an original “sonic sculpture” composition. Summer events will feature trumpet virtuoso Arturo Sandoval. Visit http://muse-ique.com/ for details. FREE THEATRE AT HOME
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SAMOHI FROM PAGE 3 All-Ocean League first team, with Jordan Walker making the second team. For good measure, Hecht was named Coach of the Year for directing Samohi to a 20-9 overall record and 9-1 mark in league. “It’s a great honor,” Hecht said of the accolade. “I’m very blessed to be around this group.” The honor was Hecht’s sixth in his 20plus years at the Samohi helm. Despite the individual honors, Mathews said he wasn’t satisfied with the season. The Vikings made it to the third round of the playoffs before being knocked out by Etiwanda, but Mathews said he has unfinished business next year. “It was kind of a success, but I’d trade it all for a championship, any day,” he said. “[The honors] don’t make it complete. “It’s nice to know that people recognize your game, but I want a ring.” Mathews will be working toward that ultimate goal during the spring and fall as he has committed to play for Nike-sponsored team California Supreme, a travel club that will take Mathews all across the country starting with Minnesota in April.
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SCULPTURE FROM PAGE 1 amount of outcry over the proposal to retire the work warranted some kind of reprieve, said Chair Michael Myers. “One of the purposes of art is to illicit a response,” he said. “The amount of response was staggering. This piece is important to them, and they wanted to raise money to save it.” It’s no small task — city officials estimate that it could cost up to $427,000 to fix and conserve the piece, given a lack of certainty as to how deep the damage to the sculpture goes after years of exposure to the wind, rain and sea salt. The piece was never built to withstand those conditions, something City Hall discovered long after it was installed in 1991, said Jessica Cusick, cultural affairs manager. “The investment is really out of sync with a piece that, in our opinion, was never properly designed to be displayed outdoors in a difficult setting,” she told council members. Conrad’s son Dave and wife Kay told
council members that the piece was important both to Conrad and to the anti-nuclear movement. “He was grateful that you put ‘Chain Reaction’ in the most public of places,” Kay Conrad said. “The sculpture represents one of the greatest things he did as an artist and more importantly as an activist.” A group has rallied around the piece, including some of the people who helped build it in the first place. There is some hope that volunteer work on their parts will help keep costs down. Activist Jerry Rubin hailed the decision in a triumphant e-mail sent out to supporters, complete with a list of events from now until September including a free screening of the PBS documentary “Paul Conrad: Drawing Fire” at Vidiots on April 1 at 3 p.m. “Chain Reaction” is also expected to come before the Landmarks Commission for discussion in April, at which point commissioners could submit an application to explore its potential landmark status. email@example.com
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WAGE FROM PAGE 1 McKeown and Mayor Pro Tem Gleam Davis voted against the measure on the grounds that hotel workers in the new jobs wouldn’t be able to afford to live in Santa Monica, and would instead have to travel from outside the city’s borders to serve wealthy clientele. “The council majority has created lowwage jobs and further institutionalized the working poor in Santa Monica,” McKeown said. Those in the majority worried that a higher wage would sink the project that’s anticipated to bring in an estimated 267 jobs, $31 million to city coffers over the next 10 years and an $11 million restoration of a landmarked structure. The developer and a team of experts reinforced those fears by reminding the council that the extra money involved could be the deciding factor between a project that can get financed and move forward, and one that can’t. “It’s important to look at the data that’s been provided on the topic and make an informed decision, not an emotional decision or a political decision,” said Kenneth Kutcher, a land-use attorney representing Gorby. Councilmember Bobby Shriver, for one, wasn’t buying it. A rough estimate of the numbers involved pointed to a $57 million profit in the first year of operation, Shriver said. “For me, that’s an important factor, because the concept of this onerous burden by a living wage or that the project might not get built because of it seems a little whimsical to me,” Shriver said. Shriver ultimately put forward a motion
We have you covered that would have locked in the wage rate at the city-mandated $13.54 per hour without benefits and $12.29 with benefits. That failed, however, other requirements passed, including a provision requiring the developer to use local artists for the hotel, stressed local hiring for both construction and permanent jobs, locked in a 290-space minimum for the underground parking and ensured that internships offered through the project went to Santa Monica residents. Over 25 members of the public came to advocate for the living wage provision, many of whom work at unionized hotels in Santa Monica like the Fairmont Miramar & Bungalows, Loews Hotel, the Viceroy Hotel and the Sheraton Delfina. They were to be disappointed. “They did not listen to the needs of the people,” said Lorena Samoya, an employee at the Fairmont Miramar. McKeown echoed her comments Wednesday, and pointed out that a living wage in Santa Monica is “good for the whole community.” “The outcome on this project falls woefully short of a living wage — not only in amount, but in the exemption of tipped workers, who must now rely on uncertain customer generosity to cover the certainties of family rent, food, and medical expenses,” McKeown wrote in an e-mail. The night was a recap of a divisive fight in the early 2000s between hotel and business interests that called itself FAIR (Fighting Against Irresponsible Regulation) and a group of residents and activists called Santa Monicans Allied for Responsible Tourism. The City Council approved a living wage ordinance in 2001 that would have mandatSEE WAGE PAGE 11
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WAGE FROM PAGE 10 ed businesses near the coast with annual revenues in excess of $5 million to pay their workers a minimum wage between $10.50 an hour with benefits and $12.25 an hour without. Before it took effect, FAIR launched a campaign against the ordinance and won the right to put it on the ballot for the following November. The initiative, called Measure JJ, was narrowly defeated 13,930 votes to 12,990. Activists believed it had been derailed by a series of three deceptive mailers. Ron Davis, chairman of the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, warned the council to avoid a repeat of that episode. “Wages should be set by the market with the exception of minimum wage laws created by federal and state governments,” Davis said. The living wage attached to the agreement will come into effect only after the hotel is ready for guests, and will last for 15 years. It could still become null and void, however, depending on what happens with two pending development agreements for a Courtyard by Marriott and Hampton Inn slated for the intersection of Fifth Street and Colorado Avenue. The living wage provision in the 710 Wilshire project’s agreement states that the developer can ax the requirement if any hotels with applications in as of Jan. 23 for a development agreement slated for Downtown are not also required to offer a living wage. firstname.lastname@example.org
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rivers in Santa Monica might have noticed some recent changes to many intersections around town that have people wondering if they are headed down the Champs Elysees towards the Arch de Triumph or perhaps lost on an English country road.The roundabout intersection has made a roundabout trip across the world to Santa Monica with the hopes of easing traffic congestion and making the roads safer for drivers and pedestrians alike. Drivers here in Santa Monica must be aware of the traffic rules and regulations that govern roundabout driving so that motorists are not stranded like foreigners in a foreign land. Here are some basic rules and explanations about roundabouts that will hopefully help you on your way around town. The basic definition of a roundabout is a circular junction in which road traffic must travel in one direction around a central island. Roundabouts increase safety in the community by requiring drivers to both decrease their speeds and in turn increase their awareness upon entering the intersection. Roundabouts also increase a neighborhood’s aesthetic appeal by creating charming and unique architectural designs. Neatly landscaped circles or placement of a statue, monument, or flagpole give roundabouts a homely and suburban feel despite their very urban purpose. Pedestrians are often prohibited or discouraged from entering the center circle of a roundabout, but pedestrians and drivers can nonetheless enjoy the visual charisma that the intersection adds to a community. Roundabouts facilitate motorists, bicyclists, runners, and dog-walkers in an efficient and competent manner. Roundabouts have some negative drawbacks as well. Larger vehicles and trucks may find it difficult to navigate through narrow roundabouts that are not built to handle such vehicles.The recent implementation of roundabouts in Santa Monica has also caused some backup and unwanted traffic delays at roundabouts where drivers are not familiar with the traffic laws and traffic flow. On the same note, there is a greater risk of traffic collisions and accidents from drivers who are simply not paying attention to their surroundings. Roundabouts require far greater concentration and awareness than do conventional squared intersections. Upon entering a roundabout, drivers should first notice a sign or traffic indicator alerting the driver to slow down and prepare to yield.A painted dashed line will also alert driv-
ers that they are entering a roundabout intersection. Unless otherwise indicated, drivers do not have to come to a complete stop; however, the situation may require a complete stop depending on traffic conditions at the time. Remember, pedestrians always have the right of way! So, if you see a bicyclist, jogger, or walker you must stop in order to allow that person safe passage. If there are no other cars in the roundabout and no pedestrians, the driver can then safely enter the roundabout. Most Santa Monica roundabouts are one-way, meaning a driver can only make a right turn to enter the roundabout and a right turn to exit the roundabout. A driver that is already in the roundabout has the right of way over a driver that is entering the roundabout.Thus, if you are the car that is approaching the roundabout and slowing down getting ready to turn into the roundabout, do not expect another car that is already in the roundabout to stop or slow to let you in! This area tends to be one of the most confusing aspects of roundabouts, but if you remember that the car already in the roundabout has the right of way…you should be alright. Regardless of who has the right of way, drivers should nonetheless always remain vigilant and aware of their surroundings to prevent any kind of accident. Keep a slow to moderate speed while circling depending on the traffic at the time.Also, it is very important that drivers remember to use their turn signals. Turn signals alert circling drivers inside the roundabout and allow other drivers to adjust speeds based on turns. Moreover, a turn signal also notifies drivers waiting to enter the roundabout that the path is clear for them to safely make the maneuver. Avoid unnecessary traffic citations, accidents, and congestion by following these simple roundabout rules. Remember to be aware, vigilant, and attentive to your surroundings at all time.Adjust to a roundabout way of thinking and enjoy the ride around town!
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it is rather obvious that that might not be true. You might opt not to burst their bubbles. Use today to contact someone you want to get to know better. An unexpected action could have you regrouping. Tonight: Sort through invitations with an eye to the weekend.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) ★★★ You could decide to say little and observe
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★★★★ You could be taken aback by someone
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) ★★★★★ Zero in on a meeting. The discussion that ensues could have a lot more to do with your plans than you'd thought. Others act strangely, leaving you wondering what might be going on. The people behaving in this manner might not even know why they are. Tonight: Where the action is.
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SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) ★★★★★ Whether approaching a creative project or deciding to date a special person, a green light beams. Though you might be focused on serious matters a lot of the time, you like the lightening up that occurs. Tonight: Be a wild thing.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
★★★★ You are on top of a project, work or errands. You feel as if you cannot be stopped from attaining a long-desired goal. Do not be surprised by an unanticipated change that comes from out of left field. Tonight: Work with the situation.
★★★ Stay close to home, and be aware that you really are not limited. A discussion with a roommate or family member could enlighten you about alternatives. You will have a lot to consider. Tonight: Stay close to home.
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★★★★ Look past the obvious. It might be time to finally indulge a long-term goal or desire. This wish could involve travel, someone at a distance or a special seminar. You might not know what to do with some good news, but you will figure it out. Tonight: Try a new spot.
★★★★ Your words have an impact. Conversations evolve from a simple statement. You can clear out what has been a problem or start over with a new beginning. Use caution when driving or handling machinery, as you could be happily distracted. Tonight: Join friends.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)
★★★★ You could be exhausted by recent
★★★★ Be aware of your needs and what you
events and might wonder how much more of yourself you can give. A new beginning in a relationship becomes possible. You could be surprised by a money matter. Tonight: Keep it personal, with just you and one other person.
have to offer. Financial matters easily could change in your favor in the near future. Make a personal resolution, and refuse to get into impulse buying. Still, you just might buy one last item. Tonight: Indulge a loved one.
Happy birthday New beginnings earmark this year. You will be direct, and others will respond in kind. Communication flows. Above everything, you greet life
JACQUELINE BIGAR’S STARS The stars show the kind of day you’ll have: ★★★★★Dynamic ★★ So-So ★★★★ Positive ★ Difficult ★★★ Average
with renewed excitement and interest; boredom will not be an issue. You draw many new people into your life. If you are single, you could meet "the one." However, time is your ally. Take the time to get to know this person. If you are attached, the two of you romp around as if you have not a care in the world. As a couple, you might make a radical change involving your lifestyle. Another ARIES often surprises you with his or her energy.
The Meaning of Lila
By Jim Davis
By John Forgetta & L.A. Rose
Puzzles & Stuff 14
THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2012
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DAILY LOTTERY Draw Date: 3/20
Fill in the blank cells using numbers 1 to 9. Each number can appear only once in each row, column, and 3x3 block. Use logic and process of elimination to solve the puzzle. The difficulty level ranges from ★ (easiest) to ★★★★★ (hardest).
1 4 6 11 14 Meganumber: 30 Jackpot: $290M Draw Date:
Meganumber: Jackpot: Draw Date: 3/21
10 20 37 38 39 Draw Date: 3/21
MIDDAY: 1 8 9 EVENING: 1 9 9 Draw Date: 3/21
1st: 06 Whirl Win 2nd: 02 Lucky Star 3rd: 08 Gorgeous George RACE TIME: 1:46.95 Although every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the winning number information, mistakes can occur. In the event of any discrepancies, California State laws and California Lottery regulations will prevail. Complete game information and prize claiming instructions are available at California Lottery retailers. Visit the California State Lottery web site at http://www.calottery.com
NEWS OF THE WEIRD BY
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SOLUTIONS TO YESTERDAY’S PUZZLE
There are many strategies to solving Sudoku. One way to begin is to examine each 3x3 grid and figure out which numbers are missing. Then, based on the other numbers in the row and column of each blank cell, find which of the missing numbers will work. Eliminating numbers will eventually lead you to the answer.
– Arithmo Crossmath – Reclaim Your Brain
■ Prophet Warren Jeffs, of a breakaway Mormon cult, is serving life (plus 20 years) in a Texas prison for raping two underage parishioners, but insists that his power has not been diminished. He was disciplined in December for making a phone call to his congregation announcing several decrees, including barring marriages from taking place until he can return to "seal" them and prohibiting everyone from having sex. (Since Jeffs retains his "messiah" status among many church members, and since life-plus-20 is a long time to wait, and since the cult is reclusive, it is difficult for outsiders to assess the level of sexual frustration in the compound.) [Daily Mail (London), 1231-2011; Deseret News (Salt Lake City), 12-30-2011] ■ Recovering alcoholic Ryan Brown recently moved his licensed tattoo parlor into The Bridge church in Flint Township, Mich., which is one more indicator of Rev. Steve Bentley's nontraditional belief that mainstream religion had become irrelevant to most people. Tattooing is a "morally neutral" practice, Bentley said, although Brown, of course, does not ink tattoos lauding drugs, gangs or the devil. (The Bridge has also loaned out its plentiful floor space in a shopping mall to wrestling, cage fighting and auto repair facilities.) [Flint Journal, 1-5-2012]
TODAY IN HISTORY • Insert the given numbers in the empty squares so when they are calculated in threes from left to right and top to bottom they satisfy the demands in the shaded boxes both horizontally and vertically. • Each empty square dictates the math operation that must be performed to meet the demands. • Remember to multiply or divide before you add or subtract. Go to www.zokigames.net for more fun and challenging games and links to our mobile phone apps.
– NASA's Space Shuttle Columbia, is launched from the Kennedy Space Center on its third mission, STS-3. – Teachers at the McMartin preschool in Manhattan Beach, California are charged with satanic ritual abuse of the children in the school. The charges are later dropped as completely unfounded.
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